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Soundproofing Tips turn your home into a Quiet Sanctuary

All around us, life is getting louder. But home should be a place to relax and unwind. Between televisions, cell phones, computers and video games, it’s sometimes hard to find peace and quiet within the walls of your home.

Luckily, with a few do-it-yourself soundproofing projects, you can reclaim your home as a place of respite no matter what’s going on in the rooms around you.

• Fabrics: For a quick fix, think fabric. In addition to complementing the look of a

room, soft rugs, carpeting, curtains and tapestries make great sound absorbers. And

just a few rugs can spell a lot of disturbance-free foot traffic.

• Furniture: Give rooms a unique touch and a powerful sound barrier by placing

thickly-upholstered chairs in each corner. Large bookcases against common walls can

also help block noise.

• Surface texture: Rough surfaces on walls and ceilings, such as sprayed-on texture,

a textured paint job or even wallpaper can help reduce sound waves in a noisy room.

• Insulation: The simplest, most effective way to soundproof is to reduce airflow between rooms with a high-density stone wool insulation that’s specifically designed for noise reduction. 

For example, Roxul Safe ‘n’ Sound, for use

between interior walls, in ceilings, and between

floors, traps sound waves and vibrations in the

thousands of interconnected spaces created by its

fiber structure. Because it can be cut precisely

with a serrated blade, it can be trimmed for the

best possible fit, meaning maximum sound absorption.

Installation is easy and will go a long way

to reduce sound transmission with the added

benefit of improving your home’s fire resistance.

And because stone wool insulation is mold

resistant and doesn’t slump or settle inside

walls over time, it is maintenance free. More

information can be found at

• Cracks: Sound can burrow through crevices

and cracks. Seal cracks around baseboards and

in drywall, and block slits around window seals

and interior doors.

While homes are getting louder, there’s good news — many sound-proofing techniques have additional benefits, from aesthetic appeal to improved energy efficiency. Take steps today to make your home a more peaceful, comfortable place to live.


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